Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez joined the ranks of Los Angeles-area officials supporting Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn's bid for an open congressional seat.
Hahn, a Democrat, has launched a campaign to succeed Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, who will leave her seat Tuesday to become president of a Washington, D.C. think tank.
Pérez called Hahn "a local leader who will go to Washington and fight for California, and create even more jobs" in a statement released by the campaign on Saturday.
Hahn announced her bid hours after news broke that Harman would vacate the South Bay-area 36th Congressional District seat. She has also been endorsed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former House minority leader Dick Gephardt and a string of Los Angeles-area assemblymembers, local officials and labor groups.
Democrats Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Marcy WInograd and Republicans Mike Webb, Nathan Mintz and Craig Huey have all said they are also considering running in a top-two primary to fill the seat.
PHOTO CREDIT: Los Angeles City Councilwoman and then-candidate for lieutenant governor Janice Hahn talks with an attendee at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)